Written by Will Montgomery

Bartlett named RCS Teacher of Year

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Dr. Melissa Bartlett was named Roxboro Community School’s (RCS) Teacher of the Year Tuesday, during the end-of-the-year faculty meeting.

Bartlett teaches 11th grade English at RCS. She has been at the school a total of six years. She taught at the charter school for two years before taking time off to complete her PhD in curriculum and instruction in 2011-2012. Since then, she has been back in the classroom.

“To be chosen as teacher of the year at RCS is particularly moving for me,” Bartlett said, “considering the caliber of teacher this school attracts. To know that I was selected by my peers, and that they’re of that level of excellence, makes me feel humbled.”

Upon naming Bartlett, RCS high school Principal Darkarai Bryantsaid she puts countless hours into the job, often staying after everyone else has left the building, to make sure her students are getting the best possible instruction.

Bartlett holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language, and a PhD from N.C. State University. She has taught English in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in Kenya, and in Cairo, Egypt. She holds North Carolina teaching certifications in K- 12 ESL, 6-8 Language Arts, 9-12 English, and National Board Certification. Dr. Bartlett has served in program administration in North Carolina K-12 public schools and in the community college system; she also directed the Center for 21st Century Skills located within the NC Business Committee for Education in the Governor’s Office. She was North Carolina’s 2002-03 Teacher of the Year and served an eight-year term on the North Carolina State Board of Education.